Report of activities WPM-Morocco Chapter

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Rabat, January 16th, 2023

National Coordinator: Mohamed Hajji Mohamed

The world poetry movement in Morocco organized in partnership with the Forum for Thought, Culture and Creativity, two poetry activities in response to the call of the WPM.

The first poetic activity was organized under the slogan “Back to the People” in December 2018 at Riad Al-Sultan Hall in Tangier, with the participation of poets Ahmed Hashem Al-Raisouni (Morocco). Nassima Al-Rawi (Morocco). Mohamed Al-Massoudi (Morocco) Ahmed Faraj Al-Romani (Morocco). and Khalid Raissouni (Morocco). Mohammed Al Mazrouei (UAE), Ahmed Yemeni (Egypt), Tariq Al Tayeb (Sudan).

The second activity was organized under the slogan “For a world without walls” on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Gallery kent in Tangier. This event was marked by a poetic evening, with the participation of poets Ikram Abdi (Morocco), Mohamed Al-Anaz (Morocco), Ali Al-Wriaghli (Morocco) Abdelrahman Fathi (Morocco), Shaalan Sharif (Iraq), Farid bentria Ramos (Spain), Santiago de Luca. (Argentina).

In response to the call by the International Coordinating Committee of the World Poetic Movement to pay tribute to Jack Hirschman, the WPM-Morocco organized, in partnership with the House of the Press of Tangier and the publishing house Virgule Éditions, a memorial day in memory of the American poet; one of the founders of the movement and one of the most prominent voices of contemporary world poetry against racism and colonialism. The ceremony took place on Friday, October 22, 2021, at the headquarters of the House of Press in Tangier, in the presence of several artists, intellectuals and poetry lovers.

This ceremony was marked by a group of the president of civil society associations including the director of the International Festival of Poetry in Safi, the president of the House of Poetry in Morocco, the president of the House of Press, and the director of Amnesty International in Morocco.

This evening was punctuated by poignant testimonies presented by the director of the International Poetry Festival of Safi, the poet Abdelhak Mifrani, the member of the coordinating committee of the world poetry movement, Khalid Raissouni and the national coordinator of the WPM in Morocco, Mohamed Hajji Mohammad, the president of the House of Press in Morocco, Said Koubrit, and the director of Amnesty International in Morocco, Mohammad al-Saktawi.

It was also distinguished by poetry readings with the participation of poets: Jalila Al-Khalea, Mourad Al-Qadri, Abdul-Rahim Al-Khasar, Mohammad Al-Saktawi, Amal Al-Akhdar.

On the organizational level, it has been agreed with some cultural associations in Morocco to jointly organize international poetry festivals including the Al-Feniq Association in Imouzzer Candar, the Kalima Foundation for Culture and Art – Safi, and the House of Poetry in Morocco, the House of the Press in Tangier, the Forum for Thought, Culture and Creativity.